10 Great Anime That Are Not Miyazaki Comments - Mania.com


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torvar72 10/20/2009 9:06:50 AM

Where is the first Vampire Hunter D movie and Appleseed

Chris Beveridge 10/20/2009 9:20:31 AM

One that I had written that didn't make it in (was originally a list of 11):

Project A-Ko
While the sequels are easily and best forgettable, this feature is one that manages to stand the test of time because it plays among so many genres and manages to work well as a parody even today of anime norms and conventions. The central focus is on a young girl who is actually the princess of an alien empire who is about to be retrieved by the drunken forces that have arrived to rescue her years after she ended up on Earth. She's oblivious to this as she only has eyes for her friend, A-Ko, who is the nudge nudge wink wink daughter of Superman and Wonder Woman. A-Ko has to deal with a jealous classmate that's a technical genius who builds massive robots to take down her nemesis while also coping with an army of transsexual aliens intent on destroying the planet in order to retrieve their princess. Even nearly twenty-five years later, Project A-Ko offers lots of laughs, great animation and solid performances.

Muenster 10/20/2009 1:34:55 PM

5 Centimeters Per Second is very boring, but intense subtlety appears to be Makoto Shinkai's style. As impressively deatailed it was, there were far too many still sequences and narrations. Makotos' other film produced in 2004, The Place Promised in Our Early Days is much more engaging.

ZenAmako 10/20/2009 5:07:49 PM

I would suggest Angel's Egg, although it's not for everyone.  It's the anime version of an experimental art film, but it's a classic.


redgreenqq 10/20/2009 9:11:55 PM

And yet another OPINION 

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Robot Carnival? Galaxy Express 999?

ZelloBear 10/20/2009 10:09:13 PM

I really liked Robot Carnival and Galaxy Express 999 but I didn't think they ever received a domestic DVD release, did they?

Also, I'm torn on which is better, The Place Promised in Our Early Days or 5 Centimeters Per Second; I tought they had similar plots?

djanss 10/21/2009 1:50:23 PM

Robot Carnival got a Streamline release, but it's not really a classic--Galaxy Express 999 DID get a limited Roger Corman dub in the 80's, which was...about the same as Streamline's quality, but survivable enough for a first-timer to enjoy.

And as the Forums have discussed, you'll probably have a lot more fun watching the slightly accident-prone babes-with-guns "Dirty Pair: Project Eden" than half the "art" films on the list.  :)

(At least it's a more first-timer ready TV-series upgrade than "Tenchi Muyo in Love" or "Ranma 1/2: Big Trouble in Nekonron China", which are both good versions of fun romantic-comedy series, but like Beautiful Dreamer, require a LOT of TV backstory research to make proper head or tail of.)

ZelloBear 10/24/2009 3:25:50 AM

I thought about what you said djanss, but when I think about Beautiful Dreamer, I disagree.  When I first watched it, I didn't know what was going on, but the story was so fun I just kept watching.  Now I know a lot more about the series, and it's still one of my favorites.  I remember watching the last half of the movie on the Scifi channel back in the day and getting hooked; but I digress.  Anyway, when it comes down to it, the first anime I would show a friend would be Cowboy Bebop or Samurai Champoo; cartoon network choose two of the best series. 

HakureiReimu 10/25/2009 7:04:44 PM

Most of these moves are ones I haven't bothered to check out due to various reasons. Sometimes being lack of interest. Still one of the movies I did watch aka 5 Centimeters per second was decent.

BarricadeS281E 10/26/2009 10:37:50 AM

How's that new Robotech movie with Mark Hamill (animated)? Saw it at Wal-Mart the other day. I know next to nothing about Robotech though.

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